How to Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer

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Wondering how to choose a personal injury lawyer? Among other qualities, your lawyer should be experienced, make you feel heard, and understand the specific laws that the state imposes on your case. The attorneys at Cochran Douglas have what it takes to help you achieve justice.

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1 00:00:03.271 --> 00:00:06.499 Well, a lawyer can help guide you through what otherwise 2 00:00:06.500 --> 00:00:14.129 is a very confusing system of statutes and codes and court rules 3 00:00:14.314 --> 00:00:16.442 that just aren't easily understood 4 00:00:16.443 --> 00:00:20.357 by anyone who's trying to handle their own case. 5 00:00:20.414 --> 00:00:21.428 When picking an attorney, 6 00:00:21.429 --> 00:00:24.429 you're going to want to choose an attorney who has experience 7 00:00:24.729 --> 00:00:28.386 and training on how to advocate in your particular state. 8 00:00:28.857 --> 00:00:31.571 Across the country, there's local rules. 9 00:00:31.686 --> 00:00:34.628 There's different case law that can impact your case. 10 00:00:34.629 --> 00:00:37.299 Here in Washington, you want an attorney 11 00:00:37.300 --> 00:00:40.657 who specifically knows how to handle Washington-based cases. 12 00:00:40.771 --> 00:00:42.770 If you don't, you're going to be in trouble. 13 00:00:42.771 --> 00:00:46.013 An individual who's bringing a Washington state claim 14 00:00:46.014 --> 00:00:48.614 should have a Washington state lawyer 15 00:00:48.671 --> 00:00:54.000 because there are things like limitations on when a case can be brought. 16 00:00:54.071 --> 00:00:57.270 There are things like who you can sue. 17 00:00:57.271 --> 00:00:58.399 In Washington state, 18 00:00:58.400 --> 00:01:01.728 we have something very particular to our state 19 00:01:01.729 --> 00:01:06.829 which allows us to bring claims against the state of Washington itself. 20 00:01:06.830 --> 00:01:08.929 You can't do that in every state. 21 00:01:08.930 --> 00:01:11.057 A good lawyer can promise that they're going to listen, 22 00:01:11.071 --> 00:01:13.371 that they're going to take care of your needs, 23 00:01:13.543 --> 00:01:17.670 make sure that they meet your goals, and make sure that they provide you 24 00:01:17.671 --> 00:01:22.129 with the level of expertise that you need on your case. 25 00:01:22.314 --> 00:01:24.799 If you're trying to handle your own case without a lawyer, 26 00:01:24.800 --> 00:01:28.585 the risk is that you're running into a system 27 00:01:28.586 --> 00:01:31.714 that is not meant for individual plaintiffs, 28 00:01:32.143 --> 00:01:37.800 so the idea that you're bringing your own claim against a huge corporation 29 00:01:37.943 --> 00:01:40.500 is just set up for failure.

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Cochran Douglas PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS

Our personal injury attorneys have collected numerous honors and belong to noted professional organizations, ensuring they stay current with the ever-changing legal landscape. Among our honors and professional affiliations:

  • WSAJ: Washington State Association for Justice
  • WSBA: Washington State Bar Association
  • KCBA: King County Bar Association
  • TPCBA: Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Super Lawyers
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

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